Shailene Woodley and Jack Whitehall are on board to star in fast-paced comedy Robots from Borat writer Anthony Hines. Hines has written the film and will direct alongside Casper Christensen.
He’s received two Oscar nominations for his work on both Borat films, and has also worked closely with Sacha Baron Cohen on other projects such as Brüno, The Dictator, and Who Is America?
Robots is adapted from a short story by prolific sci-fi writer Robert Sheckley, and revolves around a womanizer and a gold digger who team up to pursue their robot doppelgangers who have fallen in love and run away together. So it looks like dual roles are on the cards for Woodley and Whitehall.
The mainstream, high concept comedy has fallen by the wayside over the last decade. What was once a multiplex staple is now essentially nowhere to be found, so it’s refreshing to see something like Robots in development. Obviously much will depend on the script and the chemistry between the two leads, so fingers crossed that it turns out well and helps a struggling genre.
Woodley recently had a supporting role in The Mauritanian, and will soon be seen in HBO Max’s school shooting drama The Fallout, expected to arrive in the next few months. She’ll also be seen in Netflix’s romantic drama The Last Letter From Your Lover later this year, and upcoming thriller Misanthrope.
Whitehall’s last big screen role was a vocal performance in animated film The Queen’s Corgi. He’ll next be seen in Disney’s Jungle Cruise and the new live action/CGI hybrid version of Clifford The Big Red Dog.
Production on Robots is expected to begin in August in New Mexico.